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“Sunset & Stars...Ahhhh”
Review of Ozette Loop Hike

Ozette Loop Hike
Seattle, WA
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Sunset & Stars...Ahhhh”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

On a clear weekend the stars and sunset are unbeatable. Loop is 9 miles, in 3 mile segments. We camped at Cape Alava, where you can build beach fires. The offshore sea lion colony is a bit loud, but their barking is continuous so it just starts to blend with the other noises.
We hiked the Sandpoint trail first and then the beach to Cape Alava. The 3 mile beach hike can be a bit challenging depending on how much your pack weighs...I figured since the trail was flat, I could carry extra load (read beer) and paid the price - Yes it was worth it! Nice weekend, bear caninsters are mandatory as are camp permits can be picked from the Port Angeles ranger station. Permit reservations recommended.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great hike from lake to the shore”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Take your walking sticks, water, camera and your imagination. Recommend for all ages. Nothing too difficult about the trail.

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, WA
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75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“a hike even for non-hikers”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

I just did the Sand Point portion of this hike, out and back, three miles each way. I am SO not the hiking type, but I made it, and it was worth it! The trail is mostly reasonably well-maintained (watch out for the occasional rotted plank). It's beautiful, and very peaceful. The beach is pretty, with lots of driftwood and sea birds. I sat for a long while and listened to sea lions barking off in the distance, and watched the fog drifting around the rocks offshore.

If you're young and fit, feel free to snicker at the following, or just ignore it--but if you're older and not in such great shape, it's information you may want to know. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes with good, non-slip soles--the trail will be wet even if it hasn't rained for days. Do be aware that the trail is not entire flat--there are some ups and downs, and a lot of steps--not in steep staircases, but still, a lot of places where you have to step up or down several inches, and in a couple of places where the boardwalk has failed, a foot or more (hard on short legs or creaky knees). The boardwalks are narrow and have no rails--if you need to pass someone, it can be a squeeze. And if you need to sit down and rest from time to time, you'll want to take advantage of the occasional fallen trees when you find them, because there aren't a lot within reach of the path. It probably took me a little under two hours each way. But if I made it there and back, you probably can, too!

Visited August 2012
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Wash, DC
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Check the weather and tides before you take this hike”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We took this hike in August 2012. Of all the hikes we did in Olympic this one was the worst. The first third of the hike was nice and on a path through interesting woods. The next third was the beach. Although it was sunny when we drove the trailhead, the ocean was completely blocked by fog/clouds. The beach was covered in seaweed and we couldn't even see the ocean due to the clouds. What should have been a beautiful walk turned into a slow, 3 mile long, annoying walk on gravelly sand. The final third was similar to the first - a 3 mile walk through the woods. I will note we liked the northern leg of the wooded triangle more than the southern leg if you are only doing one of them.

By all means go if you are going to see a pretty beach like in the pictures. There are many better hikes to spend your time on if the weather isn't good for the beach viewing.

Visited August 2012
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Budd Lake, New Jersey
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180 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Plush wilderness hiking - a must do!”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

The boardwalk to either Sand Point or Cape Alava are enough to have anyone go on this hike. Ample salmon berry picking is a definite perk on this leisurely walk. Make sure to look for the Petroglyphs on Wedding Rock! The hike can be easily done in a day with time to spare. If you decide to camp at Cape Alava, you may hear the seals in the distance and be able to walk out quite far during low tide; eagle spotting is also common. Campsites are excellent and worth the hike.

Visited June 2012
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